Is Mace the man?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Will it be J.P. Bekasiak or Corey Mace?

From CFL insiders and media experts, those two players are mentioned the most as the potential No. 1 pick by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in tomorrow's CFL draft.

"There is a lot of talk in Hamilton that they would like to start two Canadian defensive linemen," said Duane Forde of The Score TV and co-host of the CFL's live Internet draft broadcast.

"For them it probably comes down to either Bekasiak or Mace because those are the two best defensive linemen available."

One CFL official told the Sun that Mace is the best defensive player in the draft.

At 6-3, 287 pounds, the defensive tackle comes from the University of Wyoming.

Bekasiak is bigger - 6-6, 296 pounds - and provides the added possibility that he could be flipped from being a defensive lineman at Toledo to being an offensive lineman in the CFL, according to two high-ranking league sources.

Here are eight other players who could complete the top 10 picks in the draft, according to Forde.

(The Sun's take on each player comes from information compiled through a panel of CFL GM/coaches.)

JABARI ARTHUR

(WR, Akron, 6-4, 224)

"He is a guy who intrigues me because he originally went down there as a quarterback," said Forde.

"You think about what Pittsburgh did a few years ago with Kordell Stewart in their offence.

"I think he would be a real neat weapon."

The Sun take: With another year of school left, NFL teams could look hard next year.

CHRIS BAUMAN

(WR, Regina, 6-4, 212)

"He is very smooth to watch," stated Forde.

"In the one-on-one drills against defensive backs (at the evaluation camp), he was fantastic."

The Sun take: Serious questions about his physical strength.

JOSH BEAN

(LB, Boise State, 6-2, 231)

"To have a Canadian guy who could potentially play one of those inside spots (in the linebacking core) helps a lot," said Forde.

The Sun take: Going back to Boise State next year and isn't highly ranked with some CFL clubs.

KEVIN CHALLENGER

(WR, Boston College, 5-8, 178)

"Not a very big guy, but playing at a very strong program," Forde remarked.

"He was (Boston College's) leading receiver last year."

The Sun take: Could be another Ben Cahoon.

TAD CRAWFORD

(FS, Columbia, 6-1, 181)

"Because there probably wasn't a lot of help in front of him on that Columbia defence he has made a lot of tackles," stated Forde.

The Sun take: A question mark on the quality of competition he has faced.

MIKE GYETVAI

(OT, Michigan State, 6-7, 307)

"There is the uncertainty with him - the possibility of the NFL," said Forde.

"While he might be one of the two or three best kids in the draft, you are not likely to see him go within the top three picks."

The Sun take: Left tackle is likely NFL bound next year.

JUSTIN PHILLIPS

(LB, Wilfrid Laurier, 6-3, 236)

"The guy I compare him to is Scott Coe," said Forde.

The Sun take: Could play DE, LB or safety.

ANDRE SADEGHIAN

(RB, McMaster, 5-11, 219)

"Far and away stood out among the running backs at the evaluation camp," remarked Forde.

The Sun take: Questions about his size.


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